Trailer Types

Confused about trailer types?  Don’t worry there are a lot of different trailers available and it can be very confusing which type to use.  However our experts determine the best type of trailer to use for the equipment or load you are shipping.  The following are the most common trailer types.

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Flatbed Trailer

Flatbed Trailers are used in a variety of ways and can carry almost any load.  The advantage to flatbed trailers is they are loaded from the sides, up-top and from behind.  Flatbed trailers are the most versatile trailer when it comes to moving your equipment.

Maximum Weight

48,000 lbs.

Maximum Flatbed Trailer Dimensions

  • Length-48 Feet
  • Width-8 Feet 5 Inches
  • Height-8 Feet 5 Inches
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RGN (Removable Gooseneck, Lowboy)

RGN abbreviated for Removable Gooseneck is used for moving heavy equipment and has a variety of other uses.  The RGN is also known by other names such as Lowboy and Double Drop Deck.  The name of this trailer gives away its key feature.  The neck of this trailer will detach allowing the front of the trailer to become a ramp.  Oversized loads are often transported with an RGN given its ability to haul over 100,000 lbs.

Maximum Weight

48,000-100,000+ lbs  (Additional Axel's Allow Much More Weight.)

Maximum RGN Trailer Dimensions

  • Length Main Deck-29 Feet
  • Front Deck-10 Feet
  • Length Rear Deck-9 Feet
  • Height Main Deck-12 Feet
  • Height Front Deck-8.5 Feet
  • Height Rear Deck-10 Feet
  • Width-8 Feet 5 Inches
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Step Deck (Drop Deck)

Stepdeck Trailers also known as drop deck are very similar to a standard flatbed trailer.  However these trailers are ideal for moving equipment that is above the legal height.  Step Deck trailers are also useful with ramps to load equipment that can be driven on.

Maximum Weight

48,000 lbs.

Maximum Trailer Dimensions

  • Length-48 to 53 Feet
  • Width-8 Feet 5 Inches
  • Height-10 to 11 Feet
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Dry Van & Refrigerated Trailer

Dry Van trailers or Box Trailers are used in a variety of ways, however the loading capability is limited.  Dry Van trailers can only be loaded from the back of the trailer and generally require loading docks.  If you need to keep your load out of the weather or keep it protected, a dry van trailer is your best choice.

Refrigerated Trailers are a type of dry van that has a cooling/refrigerated system to keep items chilled or frozen.  Refrigerated trucking is used to move goods such as produce and perishables.  Much care must be taken in when dealing with refrigerated loads.

Maximum Weight

48,000 lbs.

Maximum Van Trailer Dimensions

  • Length-53 Feet
  • Width-8 Feet 5 Inches
  • Height-9 Feet 2 Inches
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Stretch Trailer

Flatbed Stretch Trailer and RGN Stretch are simply trailers that have the ability to transport extra long loads.  These trailers carry all the useful advantages of a flatbed trailer but are more specific to over dimensional load.

Maximum Weight

45,000 lbs.

Maximum Flatbed Trailer Dimensions

  • Length-45-80 Feet
  • Width-8 Feet 5 Inches
  • Height-8 Feet 5 Inches
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Double Drop Trailer

Double Drop Deck has an upper deck in the front and a deck in the rear.  The middle of the trailer is often referred to as the well.  These trailers are useful for transporting over height loads.

Maximum Weight

45,000+ lbs.  (Additional Axels Allow Much More Weight.)

Maximum Trailer Dimensions

  • Length Main Deck-29 Feet
  • Front Deck-10 Feet
  • Length Rear Deck-9 Feet
  • Height Main Deck-11 Feet 5 Inches
  • Height Front Deck-8.5 Feet
  • Height Rear Deck-10 Feet
  • Width-8 Feet 5 Inches
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Specialized Trailers

Specialized Trailers are used for many different types of equipment.  These types of trailers are used when the standard trailer type just won’t work.  Many of the specialized trailers are designed for specific equipment or over weight and dimensional issues.

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